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Summarya fun, if somewhat lacking port of the arcade classic
The Good--> Great graphics, it appears that few, if any frames of animation have been cut. Original stages closely match their arcade counterparts. New hand drawn character portraits are very detailed.
--> Practice, Survival and Timed modes add a good deal of replay value to the package
--> All original characters + moves are intact
....in short, just about everything is here with a few exceptions
The Bad--> a few stages have been modified/removed (ie. Guile's stage - now just a platform with a Harrier jet hovering behind), while some of the stage substitutions are interesting enough, I would have liked all the original stages, and surely the max capacity of a GBA cart would have allowed it.
--> the music has a tinny NES-like sound, and while nice enough, doesn't match the arcade or even SNES versions. Sound effects are low quality but discernible. This is somewhat understandable as I have heard that the GBA CPU can only focus on one thing at a time, so I suppose the music had to take a hit to keep the original graphics intact. Then again, Doom + Doom 2 for the GBA had great graphics and great sound and music, so it makes me wonder if it wasn't merely laziness on the developers' part.
--> 4 button control scheme makes strategic gameplay somewhat difficult